A Panama man accused of beating his father to death has been charged with first-degree murder by the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office.
On Monday, a charge was filed against Timothy Rue Lockaby, accusing him of hanging and beating his 77-year-old father, Arlen Buck Lockaby, until he was dead.
According to the affidavit, Timothy Lockaby called his niece, Laura House, about 1 a.m. March 29 and told her his father had fallen off a porch and hurt himself. The next day, Lockaby again called House at about 6:30 p.m. and told her his father was dead. Lockaby told House his father had been dead for about a day.
Moments later, House's husband called Panama Chief of Police John Whiteaker and requested that police officers go to Lockaby's home. The LeFlore County Sheriff's Department was notified and also responded.
Court records show that when Whiteaker arrived at the Lockaby home at 21829 Williams Road, he spoke with Lockaby. Whiteaker said Lockaby told him he had gone fishing the night before and returned to find his father dead on the back porch.
During an interview of Tim Lockaby, he allegedly told District Attorney Investigator Travis Saulsberry he had killed his father to put him out of his misery. The affidavit indicates that, during the interview Lockaby admitted wrapping a rope around his father's neck and hanging him. He also admitted beating his father with a wooden cane and a leather-covered fly swatter, according to Seale.
Lockaby, who was arrested March 30, remains in the LeFlore County Detention Center after being denied bail.